Have Your Say

At Diverse Cymru our aims, ideals and services are all based around empowering and uplifting the voices of people facing inequality across Wales.

Have your say and help us keep our work true to this principle and true to the needs of our service users. Join us in influencing organisations to do better, and work harder to tackle inequality in Wales.

Get involved – Engagement Events

Have your say on a new radiotherapy centre for South East Wales

Is this engagement for me?

Velindre University NHS Trust runs a range of specialist cancer and blood services in South and Mid Wales. More information about Velindre University NHS Trust is here: https://velindre.nhs.wales/about-us/

They want to hear from anyone in South East Wales about their plans to develop a new radiotherapy service in Nevill Hall hospital in Abergavenny. More information on the plans is attached. You can also find more information here: https://velindre.nhs.wales/transformingcancerservices/satellite-radiotherapy-centre-development/

They are keen to hear from a wide range of diverse people and community groups.

Please get involved if you live in:

  • Newport
  • Monmouthshire
  • Torfaen
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • South Powys
  • Caerphilly
  • Cardiff
  • Vale of Glamorgan
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • Merthyr Tydfil

How can I have my say?

There are several ways you can get involved.

Fill in a survey online or a paper survey

You can complete a survey online here:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GTCRB75 (Welsh)

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W9RD36X (English)

The survey will close on Friday 9 July.

Diverse Cymru are sending out paper copies of the survey. You can also download a word copy of the survey – Survey on a new radiotherapy centre for South East Wales

We will include a stamped addressed envelope for you to return your survey.

Attend an online engagement event

Velindre NHS Trust are holding an online engagement event on Wednesday 30 June at 5 pm

Register in advance for this webinar:


Send us your experiences or comments

You can also send us your experiences or comments. You do not need to answer any questions from the survey.

Talk to Diverse Cymru by online meeting or telephone

If you want to give your views, but do not want to or cannot attend the engagement event Diverse Cymru can talk to you about your experiences and opinions.

We can arrange to talk to you in a one-to-one meeting online or we can telephone you.

We also want to hear from community groups representing diverse people.

We can reimburse any expenses you have to take part and can pay representative organisations and diverse people a limited amount to take part.

To request a paper copy of the survey, to send in your experiences, or to discuss your views via online meeting or telephone, our contact information is:

Email: research@diverse.cymru

Phone: 029 2036 8888

Or write to:

Diverse Cymru
3rd Floor, Alexandra House
307-315 Cowbridge Road East

Find out more on the new proposed radiotherapy centre here:

Radiotherapy Services for South East Wales overview

Radiotherapy Services for South East Wales summary

Have your say on future pharmacy services

Hywel Dda University Health Board is inviting the people from Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire to give their views on community pharmacy services.

Initial information, which was gathered through a survey in November last year, has been used to prepare a draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment. This assessment looks at where pharmacies are located and how far patients have to travel, what services pharmacies offer and if current services meet the needs of the communities they serve.

The health board is now asking for people’s opinions on the draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment, prior to publishing a final version in October. Feedback is needed to check that all relevant information is included and the conclusions on pharmacy services are appropriate. The information provided will support the health board in making decisions to develop and improve pharmacy services in the future.

The survey asks questions about current pharmacy provision and allows people to comment on any aspect of pharmacy services and the conclusions in the document.

The survey will be open between 7 May 2021 to 6 July 2021. People can get involved by visiting: https://www.haveyoursay.hduhb.wales.nhs.uk/pharmaceutical-needs-assessment-2021, picking up a paper copy at their local pharmacy, or contacting the health board’s Community Pharmacy Team to request a copy by email: CommunityPharmacy.HDD@wales.nhs.uk or by telephone: 01554 783746.

The results will be published in a final Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment in October 2021 and published on the health board’s website.

For more information or if you have questions about completing the survey, please email CommunityPharmacy.HDD@wales.nhs.uk or call 01554 783746.

What do we mean by Diverse people?

We mean anyone with one or more protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 or who experience discrimination and disadvantage in society. This includes:

  • Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic people
  • People who are ethnically and culturally diverse
  • People of colour
  • People who experience racism
  • Gypsies, Roma and Travellers
  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • Disabled people. This includes:
    • People with mobility impairments. For example, wheelchair users or people with health conditions that affect walking.
    • People with sensory impairments. For example, Blind, Deaf, or hearing-impaired people.
    • People with learning impairments / disabilities. For example, autistic and neuro-diverse people or people with dyslexia, dyspraxia, or Downs Syndrome.
    • People with cognitive impairments. For example, people with dementia or hydrocephalus.
    • People with mental ill health, or people who experience emotional distress. For example, people who experience anxiety, people who have depression, or people with schizophrenia
    • People with long-term health conditions. For example, HIV, diabetes or MS.
  • Lesbian, Gay and Bi people
  • Older people over 50
  • Young people under 25
  • People who are pregnant or have recently given birth
  • People with different religions and beliefs and no religion or belief
  • Carers (people who provide unpaid care or support to a friend or family member)
  • Women and men
  • Intersex people
  • Trans and non-binary people
  • And people from different socio-economic groups or classes

Your Experiences

Diverse Cymru are looking for people’s experiences and stories to help support our work to improve services, policy and practice throughout Wales. If you have a story to tell, whether you’ve had a good or a bad experience or if you think something could have been done better, let us know about it. As we collect these stories, which can be anonymised if you would like, we can use them to let services like those below know how they can improve and be more responsive to the needs of people, particularly across the protected characteristics.

  • Healthcare
  • Mental Health Services
  • Social Care
  • Wellbeing
  • Welfare and Benefits
  • Poverty
  • Social Exclusion
  • Equality and Human Rights
  • Hate Crime and Community Safety
  • Education
  • Employment

You can send us your experiences:

Through our online form:

Name (required)

Email (required)


Your experience


By email: Shelagh.Maher@diverse.cymru

Or by post:

Have Your Say
Diverse Cymru
307-315 Cowbridge Road East

Your Views

Engagement - Your Voice Matters

Join the Equality and Human Rights Network

This network – run in partnership with Race Equality First and Diverse Cymru – is open to any third sector organisation working in Cardiff on any area of Equality and Human Rights.

We welcome new members.
Members can feed in views of people from disadvantaged communities and people facing discrimination in all areas of Cardiff.
The network discusses important Equality and Human Rights issues to change legislation, policy and practice together and make a difference to people’s lives.

We meet quarterly. Meetings include opportunities to:

  • Feed in stories, experiences and views from your service users and citizens on equality and human rights issues
  • Work together to jointly respond to key consultations and other opportunities to influence
  • Plan and run awareness raising campaigns and other work together
  • Take joint action to tackle inequalities
  • Share information on your events, campaigns, projects and work with other organisations

Between meetings we share these stories, information and joint work by email.

To join the network email Thoria at thoria.m@c3sc.org.uk or call (029) 2048 5722.
Please let other community groups or organisations you work with know about the network.

Diverse Cymru engages with both Local and National Government and the public sector on the issues that are most important in promoting equality across Wales, particularly where these issues effect people who would fall under one or more of the protected characteristics, by developing policy positions and offering practical recommendations.

Part of this process involves responding strategically to Welsh Government consultations that will have the biggest impact on people affected by inequality across the nation. Unfortunately, and although we share the details of these current consultations with our supporters, there are often too many being undertaken simultaneously for us to be able to provide a comprehensive response in every case. If you have an interest in giving your views on consultations around:

  • Healthcare
  • Mental Health services
  • Social care
  • Welfare and benefits
  • Poverty
  • Social exclusion
  • Equality
  • Well-being
  • Hate crime and community safety
  • Education
  • Employment

Please let us know by email: ele.hicks@diverse.cymru

Or by post:

Have Your Say
Diverse Cymru
307-315 Cowbridge Road East

If you would like to get more involved you can help us respond to consultations, gather other people’s views and research reports and available evidence by applying to be a volunteer with the Policy and Public Affairs Team.

Our Responses

Diverse Cymru briefing papers on issues and solutions with recommendations based on engagement with diverse communities. Read our responses to consultations, inquiries and other calls for evidence.

Diverse Cymru gathered the views of diverse communities in Cardiff about Communities First and ways forward to tackle poverty.

Views from this focus group have been used to develop a briefing paper and recommendations.

You can read the rest of our consultation responses on our Media Page.